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This is quite an interesting picture taken of a mouse riding a frog in India Monsoon. Here’s the story:

Look at this picture. See anything interesting? What on earth this mouse doing at the back of this frog?
Actually what happened is, at that time it was an heavy flooded in india and the mouse was trapped and can’t even escape from the monsoon. Thank goodness, there is someone willing to lend a hand. None other than a Frog ,come to rescue him (Mouse)

Well if a frog can lend a hand to a mouse which is a completely different species than it is, then we all can do much better for each other, right? well I hope so =)

source (scroll down to the bottom).

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The New California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Posted by editor On September - 29 - 2008

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Open its door to public last Satyrdat on 27th of September 2008, the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is full packed with people wanting to experience a little bit of this green building designed by Renzo Piano (Who is he? find out here). Well the reason of that people jammed is due to the fact that the museum gave FREE entrance charge on the Grand Opening day (normally it will cost $25.00 for adult, oh yes if you like free stuf try to visit the musem every 3rd Wednesday of the month – but too bad if you have work, well just make excuses =P).

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Well I guess after nearly 10 years of making it’s finally arrive. Not only it takes a long time to make this but also costly – at about $500 million dollars spent in the construction of this building.

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Try to pay a visit if you are ever in San Francisco!

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The exterior of the hotel

The Semiramis chic hotel was designed by famous industrial designer Karim Rashid. The hotel sit only 10 minutes away from the business center of Athens. It is located at Kefalari square in a quite residential area and close-by shops and galleries. If you are like Dakis Joannou, the hotel owner a true modern art lover then I think a stay at this hotel is a must.

The 52-room hotel is an Athens’ design-inspired hotel, offering a new intimate alternative to modern travelers which focuses on positive energy, heightened experiences, culture, art, and design. Set 340 meters above sea level, the hotel offers an oasis from the humidity of central Athens.

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Swimming Pool View of the Hotel

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The Balcony/Deck view from the pool side

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Hotel Lobby and Entrance

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source1, source2.

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Design and Lifestyle – Space saving house

Posted by editor On September - 17 - 2008

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Another invetion of compact house, designed by the famous German Industrial Designer named Luigi Colani.
With young professionals in mind, Luigi Colani came up to create a

space-saving house with a six square meter cylinder inside that contains a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The cylinder rotates left or right bringing the room you want into view of the main living room. There’s a separate toilet and a small hallway, and everything is controlled with a remote.

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EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE HOUSE

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BEDROOM/LIVING ROOM VIEW OF THE HOUSE

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BATHROOM VIEW

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When I first saw starwars I remembered asking my friends if that holographic 3D telecommunication is of a current technology that only available for certain important group of people. Well as a matter of fact it was not anywhere available during that time (I am talking about during the time Natalie Portman was the actress for Starwars, since Starwars has some versions)

Well anyhow I thought it’d be cool to have that kind of technology available. Well, now that technology is made available through cisco and musion.

Here’re some snapshots of throwing a ball from a holographic person to the other holographic person, taken from the musion’s website:
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here’s a quote about the TelePresence form Cisco and Musion (for live video please see it here):

The ‘Cisco On-Stage TelePresence Experience’ was an ambitious collaboration between Cisco and Musion Systems, which took place during the opening of Cisco’s Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, India.
Musion seamlessly integrated their 3D holographic display technology with Cisco’s TelePresence’s system to create the world’s first real time virtual presentation.

read the full article here (It’s worth it).
related article: “Illusory Characters With Startling Stage Presence” from nytimes.com.

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If you do like scenic travel and a little bit of a hiking fan then JIUZHAIGUO VALLEY (Nine Valley / Nine Villages / Valley of Nine Villages) might be a must visit place for you.

Jui Zhai Guo, located in Sichuan is now listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is so very beautiful, like a paradise exist on this earth. The scenery will varies depending upon which season of your visit. During Spring you might seen tremendous spread of greenery and some colors from blooming flowers. In summer the tranquil lakes and azure mountains. Autum, which in my opinion would be the best season to visit, will give you a vast of beauty with golden, green and red colored trees spread across the mountain and above the crystal clear lake. and in Winter you will see the white glacial, snow covered mountain and a clear somewhat frozen lake.

There are so many beautiful sites to visit there, here’s a map of the area from travelchinaguide.com:

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I remembered there’s this beautiful hotel called the Jui Zhai Paradize International Hotel when I went there (now it is called the Jiu Zhai Inter-Continental Hotel) It’s a huge hotel and it’s architecturally and interiorically beautiful.
here’s some pictures of the hotel:

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Go here for more explanation and travel guide.
sources of pictures:
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The many styles of daybeds for outdoor livings.

Posted by editor On September - 8 - 2008

I am looking for a particular size daybed to fill up my family room space and look what the world has to offer… way too many kinds, just not making it any easier to find what I really looking for in particular. But hey lots of fun looking into new shapes that are available out there.

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GONDOLA DAYBED

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A south-east asian influence daybed.

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Lounge Daybed by DEDON

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IRAYA DAYBED made from a plastic resin weave.

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SUSHI DAYBED a modern green daybed.

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MICAMA DAYBED/LOUNGE from Antidiva, Italy

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scrapblog is bringing the art of scrap-booking available online (digital scrapbooking). Now you don’t have to be afraid of loosing your scrapbook, it’s online! The good thing about it is it can be view from everywhere with the ease of not having to carry around even a pound of weight with you. Also you can show it off to just about anybody you are willing to share it with, how fun?

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Above is an example I found of someone doing scrap-booking in scrapblog.com of their newborn baby.
I think it’s done in such a lovely way. well scrapbook lovers out there should try doing this. It’s free, no shopping hassle, and good thing is it’s easily accessible – free – for everyone.

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I love their features such as those stickers and tools you usually have when you ensemble a real scrap book. they have many of styles and designs. here’s what their editing screen look like:

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Give it a try on your spare time, This is quite a lovely family activity especially if you have small children around =)

source: scrapblog.com

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